08 Oct Patellar Tendinitis
Now that the off-season & pre-season is over, a lot of athletes may be complaining of knee pain just below the patella. This is a condition known as Patella Tendinitis/Tendinopathy. A condition very common with long distance runners and jumping sports.
Patella tendinitis is classed as an overuse injury where micro(tiny) tears occur within the patella (knee cap) tendon which attaches the patella to the shin bone.
There are different reasons why this may occur. It may be due to extrinsic factors such as an increase training frequency & intensity, training error ( i.e poor technique), change in footwear or surface.
Or intrinsic factors such as muscular imbalances (typically overactive quads and under active glutes and hamstrings), limited ankle dorsiflexion or anatomical & biomechanic differences. It is very common that a combination of both intrinsic and extrinsic factors may lead to the onset of patella tendinopathy.